Report: Google is Developing a Standalone AR Headset to Rival HoloLens

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Google is allegedly developing a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication WinFuture reports. ” Image courtesy Google.

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Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

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Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. So much so that that the company has officially changed its title of Google VR to Google AR & VR. Image Credit: VRScout / Google AR & VR.

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Google’s AR/VR Team Just Keeps Growing

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Google first started its venture into virtual reality with Google Cardboard back in 2014. A look at the company’s job listings so far this year reveals Google’s expanding commitment and investment in VR and AR.

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Google Brings ARCore 1.0 to Multiple Flagship Smartphones, Google Lens Preview Soon

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Ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, Google announced it’s bringing ARCore , it’s augmented reality SDK, out of preview and to a number of flagship smartphones in its 1.0 Once Google throws the switch, you’ll be able to download ARCore here.

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Google: Don’t Expect 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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If you’re waiting on positionally-tracked controllers for Google’s latest entry into the Daydream platform, the standalone 6DOF VR headset Lenovo Mirage Solo, you probably won’t ever see it, at least not from Google.

Google Daydream View Gallery & Roundup

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Today was the big reveal for Google’s first Daydream ready phone, Pixel, and the Daydream View headset, the first high-end VR headset from the company. Google Pixel and Daydream View Coverage. Google Announces First Daydream-Ready VR Phone.

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Design Your Own VR Tour With Google’s ‘Tour Creator’

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Google harnesses the power of photos and street view to deliver simplified, web-based VR development to students and teachers. You can then search across Google Street View for your desired locations, or upload your own 360-degree photos for a one-of-a-kind tour.

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Google Brings AR Mode to ‘Motion Stills’ Android App

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Google recently launched an augmented reality mode for the Android version of its video capture app Motion Stills , which brings the ability to insert AR objects into the world so you can record GIFs and video.

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Start Creating AR Experiences With Google’s Free Class

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Google rolls out a 15-hour introduction into the ARCore platform. And that’s why Google has released an in-depth introduction into the creation of ARCore applications, completely free of charge. Image Credit: Google.

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Google Teases AR Maps Integration to Help You Navigate By Sight

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Aparna Chennapragada, VP of Product for AR/VR at Google, took to the stage at Google’s I/O developer conference today to tease some of the work the company is doing to integrate augmented reality into Google Maps. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google.

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4 Interesting New ARCore Apps Hitting Google Play Store

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ARCore, Google’s augmented reality software development kit for Android devices, was recently made available on 13 flagship smartphones – giving over 100 million devices, the company says, the ability to run AR apps. Google’s ‘Just a Line’ Art App.

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Google Shares New Research into Foveated Rendering Techniques

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To that effect, Google Software Engineer Manager Behnam Bastani and Daydream Software Engineer Eric Turner recently posted a quick overview of a few techniques in the company’s nascent foveated rendering pipeline for AR/VR.

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Google Launches Android Chrome WebVR Support

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Google have launched WebVR support for the Android platform via the Chrome browser opening up this exciting platform to Android mobile VR users on Cardboard and Daydream users. SEE ALSO Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap.

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Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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Google Pays Homage to Film Pioneer Georges Méliès in VR Short ‘Back to the Moon’

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Google is celebrating the life and artistry of French film pioneer Georges Méliès today with a charming VR short that commemorates his iconic silent films including the groundbreaking A Trip to the Moon (1902).

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Google Expeditions AR Tours Now Available To Public

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Google announces the full release of Expeditions AR as well as updates to its Expeditions app. While we’ve seen first hand how powerful a tool VR is for going places, we think augmented reality (AR) is the best way to learn more about the things you find there,” Google states in a blog post.

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Google to Feature High-resolution VR OLED Display for Wide FOV Headsets at SID 2018

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As first reported by OLED-info , an advanced copy of the event’s schedule maintains that a talk featuring Google hardware engineer Carlin Vieri will be taking place May 22nd. Yes, Google is researching foveated rendering too.

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Watch Google’s ‘Visual Positioning Service’ AR Tracking in Action

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In addition, he announced an AR mode for an upcoming educational tool called Google Expeditions. Google Tango is a smartphone-based AR platform that has the ability to map the world around you in real-time using a number of on-board sensors and the phone’s camera.

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Google Opens ‘Maps’ API So Devs Can Create ‘Pokémon Go’-style Games

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During the Google Developer Day presentation at GDC 2018, Product Manager Clementine Jacoby and Engineering Lead Patrick Donelan at Google Maps presented the team’s progress in bringing their technology and data to game developers. Image courtesy Google.

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Google ‘Tour Creator’ Lets You Build VR Tours Using Streetview & Your Own 360 Photos

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Google today launched Tour Creator , a web-based tool that lets you easily build a VR ‘tour’ using imagery from Google Street View and even your own 360 photos. Google went to a rural community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to debut Tour Creator.

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Watch Google’s Pixel 2 Event Livestream Here, Starting at 9AM PT / 12PM ET

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According to Google “There’s something new to love on October 4th,” as the company is slated to unveil its newest smartphone today, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google does VR (Daydream). Google does AR ( ARCore ).

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Google Open Sources Seurat, a ‘Surface Light-field’ Rendering Tool for 6DOF Mobile VR

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Google announced Seurat at last year’s I/O developer conference, showing a brief glimpse into the new rendering technology designed to reduce the complexity of ultra high-quality CGI assets so they can run in real-time on mobile processors.

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5 Google ARCore Experiments That Inject Magic into Everyday Life

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Google released a preview version of ARCore for Android yesterday, the company’s answer to Apple’s ARKit. Built by George Michael Brower with friends at Google Creative Lab. Built by Jane Friedhoff with friends at Google Creative Lab using Unity and ARCore.

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Report: Google May Introduce a New All-in-one VR Headset at I/O Developer Conference

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According to a Variety exclusive, Google may be gearing up to show off a brand new mobile VR headset at Google I/O developer conference this week, one that not only delivers VR in an all-in-one device, but could likely offer inside-out positional tracking as well.

Google Patent Shows Smartphone Packaging that Doubles as a VR Headset

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A recently published Google’s patent application describes an ‘ Integrated mobile device packaging and virtual reality headset ’. Google introduced Cardboard, their inexpensive VR solution to the world in 2014, producing a VR viewer enclosure for smartphones made from Cardboard.

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Google Partners With CyArk to 3D Scan the World’s Historical Sites, Provide Open Access to Data

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Google has partnered with CyArk , the non-profit studio behind VR app MasterWorks: Journey Through History (2018), to expand CyArk’s mission to 3D laser-scan the world’s historical sites and provide open access to the data.

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Google Brings Native ‘Tango’ AR Support to Unity

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Google has announced that its augmented reality platform Tango will be getting native integrated support for Unity later this year. Google’s Nathan Martz, Photo Courtesy Unity. SEE ALSO Asus 'ZenFone AR' Google Tango, Daydream VR Phone Launched, Specs Revealed.

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Google’s ‘Welcome to Light Fields’ VR App Reveals the Power of Volumetric Capture

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Google has released a free app for PC VR headsets called Welcome to Light Fields. The company says the app serves as a showcase of “the emerging technology Google is using to power its next generation of VR content.”

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Google’s Experiment With Light Fields Show Potential of VR

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Google is working on ways to create the most realistic sense of presence while in VR. To help with that, Google has been experimenting with light fields to show how VR can come as close as possible to what you’d actually see if you were there. Image Credit: Google VR.

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VR Quiz Game ‘Go Guess’ Uses Google 360 Captures to Make You Guess Where You Are

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Go Guess (2018) is a new interactive VR quiz game from developers Oblix that tosses you into Google 360 captures and makes you to guess where you are. The post VR Quiz Game ‘Go Guess’ Uses Google 360 Captures to Make You Guess Where You Are appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads

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According to a recent entry on the Google Developers Blog , the company has begun experimenting with advertising formats suitable for placement inside of virtual reality experiences. The post Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Offers High Quality ‘Jump’ 360 Video Stitching with Improved 3D

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Google this week introduced a new “High Quality” option for their Jump Assembler, an automated 3D 360 video stitching service for creators shooting with Jump cameras. SEE ALSO Google's 'Welcome to Light Fields' VR App Reveals the Power of Volumetric Capture.

Google Glass is Back, Glass ‘Enterprise Edition’ Unveiled

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Google Glass, the iconic heads-up display (HUD) introduced back in 2012—known for spawning the portmanteau “glasshole”—is finally back, this time albeit it as a special business model dubbed Glass Enterprise Edition.

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Google Expands ARCore to More Android Devices, Adds iOS Support

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The roster of handsets supporting Google's augmented reality toolkit now includes 46 Android models as well as support for ARKit-compatible iPhones and iPads.

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Google to Announce New Dev Tools at GDC 2018, Keynote to Feature AR/VR

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This year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) is nearly upon us, and now that talks for the week-long event are published on the GDC website , it appears Google will be taking the stage to introduce a number of new products and tools for game devs.

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Google Daydream SDK Launches Out of Beta, Adds Unity Integration

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After announcing Daydream earlier this year, Google’s platform for high-end virtual reality on Android, the company has now says the Daydream VR SDK has reached version 1.0 ” See Also: Google’s (Day)dream: ‘Hundreds of Millions of Users in a Couple of Years’.

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Google to Support Multi-user Shared AR Apps with ‘Cloud Anchors’ in ARCore

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Today at Google I/O 2018, Google announced upgrades to its ARCore augmented reality technology, including a new feature called Cloud Anchors which will let developers create multi-user applications where devices can share an augmented environment.

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Putt-Putt Google Earth VR Looks Amazing

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When YouTube channel Nat and Friends toured Google VR, we were honestly expecting to see experiments from Google’s Daydream Labs that we’ve already seen. Projects we’ve reported on like Google’s headset removal or last year’s social VR experiments have been some of our favorites.

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Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today’s Headsets

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Earlier this year, Clay Bavor, VP of VR/AR at Google, revealed a “secret project” to develop a VR-optimised OLED panel capable of 20 megapixels per eye. The post Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today’s Headsets appeared first on Road to VR.

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Only Select Developers Can Publish Google Daydream Apps Until 2017

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Google Daydream is supposed to launch Fall 2016, but only a select group of developers will be able to publish Daydream apps to the Google Play store until 2017. See Also: Google Daydream SDK Launches Out of Beta, Adds Unity Integration.

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